Monodromy and geometric phases in classical and quantum mechanics

15 - 19 June 2009

Venue: Lorentz Center@Oort

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Monodromy and geometric phases of classical and quantum mechanical systems are two phenomena which attract the interest of a broad and diverse range of researchers in mathematics, physics and chemistry. During the last few years this has resulted into some significant developments which concern both theoretical and experimental aspects of the two phenomena. The understanding and study of both subjects require similar mathematical notions and methods. Despite of this fact, there has hardly been any interaction between the monodromy and geometric phase research communities, and efforts to establish contact between them are long overdue.

The aims of the workshop are:

·        Communicate recent advances in the fields of monodromy and geometric phases.

·        Bridge the gap between the monodromy and geometric phase communities to exchange ideas and techniques.

·        Establish collaborations between researchers in the fields of monodromy and

·        geometric phases and encourage researchers from one field to work on problems of the other.

·        Bring together mathematicians and application oriented researchers to inspire further research in both directions.

·        Stimulate research towards a better mathematical understanding of generalized monodromy and propose experiments in which monodromy can be directly observed in classical mechanics.


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